Any longtime riders quit for good?

Presto88

Adventurer
At the end of the day it's not my passion for riding or the inevitable injuries, expenses, and time and money away from home that give me pause, it's the overwhelming amount of idiots on the road who text and drive today. I am not sure if I want to play the numbers game anymore and down here you have to use a lot of main roads in order to get to the less traveled ones, it's impossible to completely escape the cagers.
That's exactly what the problem is for me. I used to always say that if I died on my bike, it would be because of a deer - they are so damn unpredictable! Now, I think it would be a texter. Damn them all!

But I can't seem to muster the courage to sell the bike...
 

watrboy

Observer
That's exactly what the problem is for me. I used to always say that if I died on my bike, it would be because of a deer - they are so damn unpredictable! Now, I think it would be a texter. Damn them all!

But I can't seem to muster the courage to sell the bike...
Just got back from 800 miles round trip of western Montana and think it will be a while before I get back on. Third time this summer it has been more aggravating than enjoyable.

The distractions the other drivers have, the traffic and I am tired of the RV guys with trailers that have trouble with a sedan much less than a Class A or a full size pickup and fifth wheel trailer. It is just scary. Just plain lack of respect for the road and other drivers is getting bad.

I can't sell yet either, but I am not looking forward to riding anymore.
 

SheepnJeep

Adventurer
Well my Triumph has sat in storage for a few months now, and I realize that I still love riding but can't face the idea of getting wiped out on the road. I think I'm for sure selling the bike. Maybe I will put more time/money into the Honda XL that I have and make it a better trail rider.

It's funny, selling my gear didn't bum me out at all like I thought it would. Heck I spent many cold nights sleeping bundled up in my Darien and have seen some amazing places riding/wearing it. But after I washed it and put it for sale it was just another coat. Feels good to make space in the closet.
 

GB_Willys_2014

Well-known member
I too am another motorcycle rider on "hiatus" of sorts. I have had my endorsement for over 25 years and probably ridden some ~150k miles, including years where I only had a bike.

But, now my desire to ride has really subsided. For some time, my beloved FXST has been collecting dust. Like the OP and others, I too have wondered if perhaps I had a good run, and best not to tempt fate.

Anyhow, I don't have the urge to ride it, but also don't want to sell it.

I figure time will tell.
 

Tex68w

Beach Bum
I considered continuing sitting it out as you can see from my previous post in this thread, but I decided life is too short not to enjoy ones self. The visceral experience of riding on two wheels is only bested by flying small aircraft and I simply can't find another way to satisfy that need at the moment (an airplane isn't in the cards for the time being lol) so I am getting back in the saddle next month. I will be taking nicely farkled up Africa Twin on a Colorado BDR and then bringing her home as my own to help ease the recent stress and my undying hunger for adrenaline and adventure.

 

Presto88

Adventurer
Ooohhhh! That Africa Twin looks sooo nice!
I'm having trouble giving up my '01 R1150GS. There's not a chance in hell I could give it up if that Honda was in my garage!
I hope you have many, many happy miles on that beauty!
 

motoboss

Bad Influence
Well, I've decided to give it up. My '02 R1150GS is going up for sale. The bad thing is I completely up graded tires, brake line, risers, grips, seats, tune up with valve adjustment, all new fludis and a brand new set of Bumot 40L cans with racks and tool box just last January. And still have not ridden more than a couple hundred miles to assure everything worked, shame, shame.

I haven't ridden since last fall and just don't have the desire or inspiration anymore.
I've been on a motorbike of some sort since I was 5 years old and at near 65 just don't feel it at all anymore. My Jeep and old Lund boat have kept me plenty busy and enjoy having the Wife and mutt as camping partners as well.

Not saying I'm giving up on riding, just yet, but selling my GS will leave me bikeless for the first time since I sold my Harley to buy a house 35 or so years ago. With no desire to ride I just think it's time to have a bit more "together" time than out enjoying the country by myself. And all my riding buddies have sold their bikes as well!

The GS is going on the block but.................

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Joanne

Adventurer
In my opinion, if you are starting to ask yourself whether you want to keep riding, then it's most likely time to pack it in. We all know how unforgiving MC riding is if we aren't fully focused on the ride. Being ambivalent about riding doesn't help you stay alert and focused. It's better to have happy memories of your riding career rather than a horrible memory of a career ending crash.

Joanne
 

oldcelicaracer

Observer
See I'm doing this backwards from you. I'm going from 422 hazard more places I can go on two wheels cheaper as I can on four wheels that being said I also spend more time alone up in the mountains so driving a gas-guzzling Jeep or Ford ranger does not make much sense financially. That being said I now have a 2018 KLR did I ride almost anywhere every chance I get. Motorcycles don't take up much space I have two in my garage right now, always excuse a hop on the old girl and take her for a quick short spin down to the gas station to buy smokes or beer or what have you or if the paycheck was a little short you can always write it to work for a week to save some dollars
 

MTVR

Well-known member
I gave up motorcycle riding for transportation purposes about five years ago. I still have a few motorcycles, but they are only for recreational purposes, when and where I choose.

Track days are fun for anyone. But the risks involved in motorcycling on public roads is something that simply cannot be justified- I would never second-guess anyone who decided not to.
 

SheepnJeep

Adventurer
I never really followed up with this. I did end up selling the motorcycle last year. It really effected me personally for a couple of days actually. In fact I sort of set it up so my dad ended up selling it in Minneapolis (bigger market than the Upper Peninsula) and that way I didn't have to see it go down the road myself.

I was not happy for a week. After a while I went to visit my parents at their cabin in Wisconsin and they have a small collection of bikes there. I store my first real bike there, a 1970 Yamaha mini enduro, as well as my first "Adult sized" motorcycle that I started riding on the road when I was 15 and continued to ride until I bought the Triumph years later in college. It didn't take long before we were out screwing around on bikes and having a blast. I think that really shook me out of my funk. Sure, I had tons of great memories tied into that Triumph, yet I have arguably more good memories relating to some of those other bikes that are still around. And it solidified to me that riding is still fun and so cathartic no matter what set of wheels you are on.

Now that I have moved back to Bozeman and have taken a new job one of my co-workers has showed interest in finding an old 70's bike to ride on the trails. That is right up my alley!
 

watrboy

Observer
Last year after a 3 day ride, the friend who got me back into riding 20 years ago called it quits and sold his Super Tenere. 69 years old and said he was afraid of riding. I was a little surprised and maybe hurt somewhat. He and I had put many miles on exploring our region and seemed to travel well together.
Riding solo now and finding some other riders to explore with has caused me to question if I should stop riding.
I visited with another friend who I have ridden with several years ago and he had recently returned from a trip with a group of 16 that he enjoyed the trip. Too many people for me, but he will probably only do the one trip this year. For him it was the group that justifies keeping his bike.
For me right now, I enjoy the ride, and the solitude.
I do seem to ride farther less frequently. But doing more miles so far this year.

My friend who quit still says no regrets.
 

Jnich77

Director of Adventure Management Operations
With the exception of track days (which require a 4 hour drive each way), 100% of my riding involves being in traffic (the joys of living in Central Florida). I started on a Yamaha QT 50 when I was 9 and now after 33 years a couple hundred thousand miles I can say that I'll probably never ride again.

Here are my reasons:
- Cage drivers don't pay attention, at all!
- My wifes hybrid gets better fuel economy than a sport bike
- Riding in almost daily afternoon monsoons gets old
- Carrying gear for work is difficult
- Winter is no fun at 80 mph
- Securing a helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots when you get to your destination can be a pain
- Grabbing groceries on the way home is very limited


The reason that sealed the deal:
-I can't include my daughter in my hobby

My daughter is 3 so in a few years well get a project car/truck. I have played with the idea of a street legal sand rail, a Wrangler with an LS swap, or a classic truck with way to much HP. She is already stuck to me like glue as soon as I pick up a tool.

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MTVR

Well-known member
Too cute.

The time between diapers and puberty is gold- make the most of it.

Do you have her on a balance bike yet?
 
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